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. a letter addressed to president obama contained a suspicious substance. they routinely identify parcels that need secondary testing. yesterday,e oe eor wicker received a letter that was laced with what they believe to be ricin. let's head to washington now and check in with brianna keilar. >> reporter: it's not confirmed at this time that that suspicious substance is ricin, but considering the news, it would very much make you wonder if it is not a suspicious substance. the way the white house gets their mail is similar to the way the members of congress get their mail especially in the wake of september 11. that mail goes to a offsite facility. anything suspicious is to be picked up well outside of the white house before anything would ever come into the white house grounds. so this happened on tuesday we're told, a letter addressed to president obama was received. so they routinely get this kind of mail, they go through screening, scientific testing, and there it was picked up. at this point, the secret service, carol, is working with the capital police and the fbi in this investigati
marathon. all of this as president obama gets ready to comfort the victims in that city tomorrow. these are new images in to us from reuters appearing to show a circuit board, timers and other parts of the devices as well. authorities believe each bomb may have weigh ed about 20 pounds. they were packed with nails and ball bearings as well. the fbi says it's found the mangled remains of what appears to be a pressure cooker in a black nylon back that possibly held the bombs. the fbi is also examining photos like this one where you can see what looks like a trash bag next to a mailbox. that same shot just moments after shows a devastating scene. invest garretigators are lookin whether the devices were put in trash bags to hide them. meantime, they continue to ask the public for help in the form of pictures, videos and tips. >> the person who did this is someone's friend, neighbor, co-worker or relative. someone knows who did this. >> former mayor rudy giuliani in office during the 9/11 attacks weighed in on "morning joe," saying people need to give investigators more time to come u
addressed to president obama field tested positive for ricin poison. the day after a letter was also sent to senator roger wicker also tested positive for the same substance. >>> we begin with new information about the deadly bombing at the boston marathon. as the president and first lady prepare to travel to boston on thursday. after much speculation this afternoon, the fbi has releasted a statement. they say, quote, contrary to widespread reporting, there have been no arrests made in connection with the boston marathon attack. we do know investigators have identified solid leads from video evidence, including images of a person or persons carrying and dropping bags at the bombing scene. now, these pictures from whdh show a bag near a trash can at the blast site. just one part of the key evidence that investigators are pursuing to try to find the perpetrators. right now, there are conflicting reports as to how close they are to identifying any individuals. we expect more at an fbi briefing within the next hour. right now i want to go straight to nbc news justice correspondent, pete willi
have thought that gun control would be such a central part of the debate in president obama's second term? picking up on that, how much of what actually gets done is just sort of the circumstances that occur, the events and crises that draw our attention and how much is presidential skill or the political set of facts in terms of who controls the senate and congress. what is really driving our policy? >> it has been a combination of all those things. that's what's interesting. if you look at smart presidents like lyndon baines johnson became masterful manipulators of the political process to pass legislation including civil rights law that anyone thought was possible. and i think no one would have thought it was even possible to discuss gun control legislation and immigration at the same time at the beginning of barack obama's first term. and yet circumstances changed. in the immigration law, what is driving all this is clearly the poll numbers. that's all that is behind this whole gang of 8 legislative effort. so i think a new sort of deal of the cards, if you will. a new seventh ci
. president obama today called it heinous and cowardly and an act of terror. he said the fbi is investigating it as an act of terrorism. and the president said it is still unclear who is behind the attack. investigators say no person or group has claimed responsibility. we have fox team coverage tonight. chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge is monitoring the hunt for whoever is responsible from here in washington. at the white house wendell goler tells us what else the president said. we begin in boston with senior correspondent rick leventhal near the bombing sites. hello, rick. >> and, bret, tonight the fbi confirms that it believes both bombs were concealed in black nylon bags or backpacks and would have been heavy. they are asking for anyone who may have seen anyone carrying unusually heavy bags near the finish line to contact authorities. more than 1,000 investigators and police officers have been assigned to this case. but it's still very early. the range of suspects and possible motives is wide open. army northward humvees rumble through the streets of boston protect the
and his brother prior to last week's deadly attack. >>> food for thought. president obama's slaft dinner dates continues tonight. this time it is with the women of the senate. how much could these meals be the ticket to some deals? no evidence yet. >>> a bonanza of second chance surprises. mark sanford blazing a trail, trying to make old faces new again. but can any of these folks actually get elected again? >>> good morning from washington. i'm chuck todd. this is your tuesday edition of "the daily rundown." it is april 23rd. right to my first reads of the morning. >>> 19-year-old dzhokhar tsarnaev who was shot in the head, neck, leg and hands according to newly released documents, has been officially charged with using a weapon of mass destruction that resulted in three deaths and more than 170 injuries. he's also been charged with malicious destruction of property by means of an explosive device resulting in death. both charges carry the death penalty as a maximum sentence. tsarnaev was read his miranda rights in a brief bedside session in the intensive care unit at boston's beth isra
details to begin at any moment. >>> in washington, a visibly angered president obama vowed on wednesday this is just round one after the defeat of a bill to expand background checks on gun sales. we'll have more and what's next on the fight for new gun safety measures coming up. >>> but we begin in boston, where we're awaiting an fbi briefing in the next hour where it's expected they'll show photos of two men they're urgently seeking in the marathon bombing investigation. now, combing through video evidence, authorities are honing in on two men seen in video and still pictures including at least one who seems to have set down a black bag and dashed away just before the explosions. all this comes as the president and first lady traveled to boston to participate in an interfaith service earlier today. in a powerful speech meant to both console and offer a rallying cry, the president vowed this terrible act will be answered. >> if they sought to intimidate us to terrorize us, to shake us from those values that deval described, the values that make us who we are as americans, well, it shoul
hospitals, and president obama has opinion notified. the administration is monitoring this situation via fema which is in contact with state and local officials in texas. here's waco police sergeant patrick swanson just a short time ago. >> there is a significant area around the fertilizer plant that has been destroyed. homes have been destroyed and there are homes flattened and part of that community is gone. >> nbc's charles hadlock is live in the small town of west, texas. charles, what are people saying so far? what's the latest? >> reporter: they say it's a very tedious process, but they are still holding out hope that they will find survivors in the rubble that is left in the northern part of west, texas. the plant itself is on the northeast corner of town, and it exploded last night after fire broke out about 7:30. about 7:45 the fire chief realized the fire was getting out of control. he order his men out, and seven minutes later the whole building exploded. jill jenkins was a triage nurse. she was one of the first ones to arrive on the scene. here's what she had to say. >> when
disbrea disagree with the obama administration's decision to rule out enemy combatant status for this suspect at this time. >> we are moving up to the boat he was actually laying down on the side of the boat, one leg out, one hand out. as we got closer, he sat back up. >> he just sat up. he's moving, flailing about, quite a bit of movement. >> the suspect's in custody. >> tonight, dzhokhar tsarnaev goes to court at his hospital bedside. and there is more. the magistrate says he is lucid. adam housley is live in boston with the latest. adam? >> reporter: yeah, gret a. in fact, in the hospital behind me, there is significant security, downstairs and throughout the hospital. the u.s. marshal service has taken over the security situation of him specifically. they have marshalls by his room, in the hallway, all standard procedure when the macials take control. before that, it was local law enforcement and the fbi. so the marshalls will be in charge of him, until he is well enough to leave here. once that happen, he will fly out via helicopter, like whitey bowlser did. they feel li
to president obama and senator roger wicker has been released from custody on bond. the developments came hours after officials canceled a detention and preliminary hearing for paul kevin curtis. you might recall he was arrested wednesday. he claimed his innocence. an fbi agent said authorities did not find ricin at his home or vehicle. a news conference is scheduled for later this afternoon. right now, the man charged with sending those ricin letters to president obama and senator wicker released on bond. according to the latest information. and we're also following developing news out of philadelphia. the abortion doctor charged with killing newborns that were born alive. a judge has now dropped some of the charges against him. we'll have the very latest on that breaking news story. plus -- >> we have a broken immigration system. if anything, what we see in boston is that we have to fix and modernize our system for lots of reasons. >> congressman paul ryan defending the need for immigration reform in wake of the boston bombings. but another influential republican and perhaps a future presiden
the 60 votes which president obama called shameful. joining me now is democratic senator richard blumenthal from connecticut. max baucus of montana will not run for reelection and he is one who voted against the measure. a liberal group had vowed to target him and others, mark prior of arkansas who voted against the measure. all face reelection in 2014. what do you think of the decision of baucus not to rerun? >> a surprise and a loss to the senate. he is a key figure in tax reform as well as a variety of other measures and extraordinary distinguished career and a decision probably based on family decision and larger career goals and the desire to focus on areas like taxes and other issues. >> as a connecticut senator does that anger you knowing he could have voted yes knowing ahead oft that vote that he was probably not running for reelection and could have helped effort what would have been something, a major positive reform for gun measures? >> what frustrates, disappoints and angers me is the fact that we had 55 votes in the united states senate as well as 90% of the american
hearing on their use abroad. as a candidate in 2008, barack obama rode to office with sharp criticism of president bush and his anti-terror policies. in the days and years since the first strikes, president obama is estimated to have ordered five times as many drone strikes as the bush administration. and although the strikes have been credited with decimating al qaeda, they've also been executed entirely in secret and without judicial oversite. a policy that differs significantly with what the president has told the american people. >> i am not somebody who believes that the president has the authority to do whatever he wants or whatever she wants whenever they want, just under the guise of counterterrorism. >> today's hearings will address proposals to increase their transparency. for a president who voted against the wars in iraq and won the nobel peace prize, his policy on drones have come as a surprise to many. the president's hawkishness has not been universal. that was apparent this week when the president ignored calls from gop hawks to hold a suspect of the boston bombings, d
years ago the obama administration said the war on terror was basically over. >> how you define a problem shapes how you address it. as many have noted, the presidents does not describe this as pa war on terrorism. that is because terrorism is but a tactic. a means to an end. >> and how does the establishment media see the boston terror attack? well, listen to bob woodward. >> the boston event, obviously a serious tragedy. but i don't know that it's going to go down in the history books. the question it is not necessarily that big of an event. >> tell that to the guy who lost both his legs. well, in minnesota, democratic congressman keith ellison who is muslim sees the boston attack this way. >> all these cases where you see acts of radicalized individuals using violence, they may have a religious affiliation but oftentimes when they give reasons for why they did what they did, it is politics. and who knows what these individuals' motivation may be. it probably has to do with politics rather than religion. let's not cast a wide net and go after a whole religious group. >> do tho
on the ricin poison letter. president obama's fiery attack on senators who blocked gun control legislation. first, susan candiotti joins us with the breaking news. >> we've learned from a federal law enforcement official who's regularly briefed on the investigation. that images of two men -- there are two photographs we're tacking about here, are being circulated among law enforcement agencies around the country. and those law enforcement officers are asked to be on the lookout for these people, because they are possible suspects and of high interest. the reason we're being told that there's a high interest in these people is because of the timing of where they were right near the finish line before the blast went off. and also, because of what they have with them, what they are carrying. in this case, at least one of them is carrying what appears to be a dark colored backpack. and they have also circulated a memo, so to speak, among the agencies and describes it this way. the attached photos are being circulated in an attempt to identify the individuals, highlighted therein. feel free to
emotional reaction from president obama. you just saw it live here on cnn, to the failed gun control vote in the united states senate. we'll analyze that as well. >>> and he was a trauma surgeon in the u.s. army reserves. a hero of the boston bombings. he said he hasn't seen wounds this bad since he operated in a war zone in iraq and afghanistan. the trauma surgeon is here with me. we'll talk about what he has seen, what he has done. stay with us. our special coverage will continue. ♪ [ male announcer ] the distances aren't getting shorter. ♪ the trucks are going farther. the 2013 ram 1500 with best-in-class fuel economy. engineered to move heaven and earth. guts. glory. ram. the new ram 1500. motor trend's 2013 truck of the year. at a hertz expressrent kiosk, you can rent a car without a reservation... and without a line. now that's a fast car. it's just another way you'll be traveling at the speed of hertz. are you still sleeping? just wanted to check and make sure that we were on schedule. the first technology of its kind... mom and dad, i have great news. is now providing answers
on universal background checks failed. president obama said despite a 90% approval rating among the public. and strong support from the families who lost loved ones in the newtown massacre. president obama called yesterday a pretty shameful day in washington. but what do you think? should background checks be ramped up for gun buyers? you can weigh in on the "nightline" facebook page or
detonations but they are unclear how the bombs were set off. president obama promised federal help for victims and their families. >> we will find out who did this. we'll find out why they did this. any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice. >> reporter: sources tell cbs news that a man is being detained and police are questioning him, but he is not being called a suspect. investigators are also looking at surveillance tapes and other images of the scene before and after the explosion to try and piece together what happened and who might be responsible. the bombings here have prompted officials in other major cities to increase their own security. in fact, this coming sunday, london is holding a marathon and they are now reevaluating their security plans. reporting in boston, back to you. >> it is hard to comprehend the frightening moments as not one but two bombs explode into the crowd. wjz is live. you can feel the terror of those caught up in the blast. mary? >> reporter: what you are about to see is the first video obtained by cbs news just a
is the suspect as he was apprehended last night, it comes as top republicans urged president obama to hold this suspect as an enemy combatant. that would deny him legal rights under the laws of war. is that the way to go? joining me now, jay, chief counsel for law and justice, and julia, democratic strategist and former chief counsel of the house judiciary committee. you have two extremes here. you have folks like the the aclu, to be afforded all the same rights and treated the same way any of the three of us would if we were involved in robbing the corner store. and then you have the other side, graham and mccain who say, enemy combatant, no miranda, et cetera. jay, where do you fall on it? >> i think the department of justice right now has done the right thing by utilizing the public policy exception to the mirandaizing. that gives the department of -- >> explain briefly what that is. >> if in fact based on evidence that this plot was more extensive. if it is more extensive, and we have no evidence of any of this, the government's going to find that out quickly. then they can make the de
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to guantanamo. in any case the obama administration has shown absolutely no interest in that idea and every indication is that he will be tried as a criminal defendant in an american criminal courtroom. >> lindsey graham who himself is a military attorney, has spent 30 years in the u.s. air force, he insists he wants tsarnaev to be tried in american civilian court, but that didn't preclude at least for now naming him an enemy combatant to try to question him to see if there are other bombs out there, other individuals who may be involved. sort of this imminent threat notion. is he on sound legal ground, lindsey graham, when he says, yes, he'll go before a civil trial, but at least for now name him an enemy combatant so he can be questioned? >> well, the obama administration has established a policy of a so-called public safety exception to the miranda rule where for some period of time, it's not entirely clear how long, a suspect can be questioned without miranda warnings and that apparently is what's happening here. again, it's complicated somewhat by the fact that we didn't know exactly w
the police commissioner here to president obama promises to find out who is behind these bombings and they all say they will be brought to justice. two bomb blasts less than 15 seconds apart near the finish line of the boston marathon. three people dead, 144, at least 144 others wounded. 17 of those are in critical condition this morning. and boston's normally bustling downtown area is now a crime scene. about a mile of boylston street, one of the busiest streets in the city with copley place, the boston public library, other locations, that is shut down this morning. it is a crime scene. national guard patrolling the streetsment you can see police out walking on the sidewalk. president obama is promising the full weight of justice for whoever is responsible for the bombing at this race. the president didn't use the word terror when he addressed the media last night at the white house. but he made it clear that the u.s. will hunt down the culprit. he also reached out to congressional leaders saying this is a time for unity among americans. cnn's brianna keilar is standing by at th
at the white house, that president obama was hurt, immediately this happened a little after 1:00. i don't know if you can see this, we printed out this chart, you can see what happened here, just around 1:15 when the tweet went out, the market fell, the market fell over 100 points, 133 points to be exact. dipped into the negative. that happened within seconds. within seconds that drop happened. and then ap sent out another tweet saying that they were hacked, and then you saw the market immediately shoot back up. it was a total 180, the market went from negative all the way to positive, over 100 points again within minutes. very dramatic whiplash kind of move. shows you in the age of computerized trading how wall street can react to a tweet that is read around the web. >> boy, oh, boy, alison, such a look at how in the digital age everything moves so quickly. you have to be right about your information. thank you for telling us that. appreciate it. >>> back to boston now, where a short time ago doctors upgraded the surviving suspect's condition from serious to fair. now, it is not easy for the
. >> and president obama brought the families of victims from an emotional and rousing speech. >> i'm here to greet the american people with a simple message. every one of us has been touched by this attack on your beloved city. every one of us stands with you. because, after all, it's our beloved city, too. boston may be your hometown, but we claim it, too. i know this because there's a piece of boston in me. you welcomed me as a young law student across the river. welcomed michelle, too. you welcomed me -- you welcomed me during a convention when i was still a state senator and very few people could pronounce my name right. like you, michelle and i have walked these streets. like you, we know these neighborhoods. like you, in this moment of grief, we join you in saying, boston, you're my home. for millions of us, what happened on monday is personal. our prayers are with the injured. so many wounded. some gravely. from their beds, some are surely watching us gather here today. if you are, know this. as you begin this long journey of recovery, your city is with y you, your commonwealth is with you,
bloomberg view," msnbc political analyst. new book "center holds obama and his enemies" is out june 4th. some believe the boston marathon bombing means de facto we should pause, slow down the process of immigration reform. john mccain calls that ludicrous. what do you think? >> i'm with john mccain on this one. i mean, this is almost pathetic kind of excuse. what does it have to do with a mexican living in the united states who has done everything right and wants their kids to be able to get ahead in american life? what is this incident in boston have to do -- >> the argument is these are two individuals who emigrated from dagestan, from chechnya, came here, and ended up wreaking havoc. >> so what the critics don't get is that what the immigration bill would do, if you actually look at where they are in their preparation of it, is it would strengthen our immigration laws and make it harder for bad guys to get in by modernizing our immigration system. so people who say that, you know, this is an argument against immigration reform, even if they're in the united states senate, simply don'
that comes across the border with biometric data and can't get obama care so they can work and pay taxes but never get medicaid. you're seeing him going hat in hand trying to sell his bill as even more draconian and far right. we're going to electrify the whole southern border, i suppose, or whatever it is they want. just to get them to pass something that would help the republican party because it would make them less toxic to latino voters. >> joy reid and dana milbank, who i believe was recommending not clitoridectomy, but the removal of the tongue for ann coulter. thank you very much. >> thank you, doctor. >>> as we go to break, new video just in featuring the mother of the bombing suspects, again, insistent that her sons are innocent. >> what happened is a terrible thing. but i know that my kids have nothing to do with this. i know it. [ male announcer ] you could be at the corner of "medicare part d" and "up to 75% lower copays." as a preferred pharmacy, walgreens can save you as much as 75% compared to other select pharmacies. walgreens, at the corner of happy and healthy. as much
president obama will have dinner with all of the women in the senate. tomorrow he and the first lady will head to texas first for a fundraiser and then on thursday they will attend a dedication for the bush library and then a memorial service for the victims on the explosion in west texas. >>> a new poll shows elizabeth bush opening up a nine point lead over sanford. sanford took out this full page ad explaining the trespassing charges against him. we will see what the voters think on may 7. >>> welcome to twitter dr. jill biden. her handle is@dr. biden. former congressman anthony weiner is back on twitter with a new handle. his tag line, fighting to keep new york city the capital of the middle class. he already has more than 7,000 followers and he follows no one. >>> if you read one thing this morning my must read is a posting from "time" magazine about what happened in the six months plus that tamerlan tsarnaev spent in russia. it's up on our facebook page at facebook/jansingco. carfirmation. only hertz gives you a carfirmation. hey, this is challenger. i'll be waiting for you in s
for wounded souls. president obama honored the victims of the boston bombings with emotional remarks. >> for millions of us, what happened on monday is personal. it's personal. that's what the people of boston are made of. your resolve is the greatest rebuke to whoever committed this heinous act. they sought to intimidate us, to terrorize us, to shake us from those values that make us who we are as americans, well, it should be pretty clear by now that they picked the wrong city to do it. [ applause ] not here in boston. not here in boston. yes, we will find you, and, yes, you will face justice. like bill iffrig, 78 years old. the runner in the orange tank top who we all saw get knocked down by the blast. we may be momentarily knocked off our feet, but we'll pick ourselves up. we'll keep going. we will finish the race. >> the president honored bombing victim krystle campbell, who was killed just weeks before her 30th birthday. he honored lu lingzi, recently moved to boston for graduate school to study math and statistics. she went with two new friends to see the boston marathon and w
between the obama administration and some of the republican -- sorry about this and what that means is the obama administration has said the criminal justice system can make this work, the criminal can handle national security risks like this person, terrorists have been prosecuted, moussaoui. this administration is committed to using the american courts there are some critics, like senator mccain, like senator graham, who say that's too big a risk, that we have too many protection, we have too many abilities on the part of these defendants not to answer questions that put all of us at risk but i don't think there's any chance the obama administration is going to change its mind and use something other than the criminal justice system for this case. >> because a lot of people are raising questions, they had apparently some explosive devices, some weapons, rifles, hand grenades, stuff that's pretty expensive. where did they get this material? where did the money come from that helped them purchase this material? that's why some of these republican senators, lawmakers, are asking for
. president obama spoke from the white house yesterday evening. >> we still do not know who did this or why. and people shouldn't jump to conclusions before we have all the facts. but make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this. and we will find out who did this, we'll find out why they did this. any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice. >> a theme of this year's race was 26 miles for 26 victims. a message of remembrance of the newtown school shooting. many of the victims' family members were there at the finish line tent yards from where the blasts occurred. you can imagine that, it is tuesday, april 16th, and we're live in boston this morning, just about five blocks from the site of double bombing, those explosions yesterday near the finish line of the boston marathon. joining us now we have with us for the whole show today, mike barnicle. and in new york, willie geist. you've been covering this since the story broke. we've been listening to your words, your reporting, your words of calm. a day later, how is this sinking in? >> well,
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the george w. bush presidential library in dallas. it opens to the public may 1st. president obama and the four living former presidents are expected to be there. >>> do you want to hear from me what the truth was and they haven't really said anything about it affecting me. >> while in new york, it's nfl draft time. all eyes will be on manti te'o and whether he makes the first round. >>> president obama offered to wash senators' cars if it would lead to an immigration bill. the senators then told obama, if you're going to wash our cars, why do we need immigrant? >>> and on saturday, conan o'brien headlines the annual white house correspondents dinner in washington. >>> and that's the week ahead. >>> i'm fredricka whitfield. on behalf of my colleague wolf blitzer and myself, of course, thanks for watching this afternoon. don lemon picks up live coverage from boston. don, ind you'll be talking to city police commissioner as well. right? >> that's right. police commissioner ed davis will be with me in just a moment here. first though i want to get you updated on what we have. i'm done
president obama observed the moment, traders on wall street joined him as well. silence for the three whose lives were taken in the bombing, krystle campbell, martin richard and lingzi lu as well as for fallen m.i.t. police officer sean collier, gunned down thursday night allegedly during the suspects' flight to watertown. we honor them all tonight as we have this past week. a short time ago, people gathered on the boston university campus as well to remember lingzi lu, who came here from china to pursue a graduate degree in applied math. her family says that while she was here, she fell in love with this city. tonight, this city returned that love. we also honor the bravery of a young woman i spoke to, a dancer who lost a foot and part of her leg in the bombings but vows tonight she will dance again. you'll hear from her when we visit her in her hospital room and her husband as well. there's also late word on the terror plot that authorities in canada say they have broken up. we begin, though, with a very full day here in boston and our "360's" randi kaye. >> reporter: exactly one week aft
happened today could have happened 30 days from now. this is what the obama administration wants. they don't care about the intelligence. they made it very clear they want people to have lawyers, to have trials and if we lose intelligence in the process, they say that's regrettable but that's just the way it is. that is unacceptable to me. it should be unacceptable to anybody who cares about preventing future terrorist attacks. >> mitch epnor it has my back up. who cares about my back. all i'm saying it sounds like this is the criminal justice model not a terrorist bombing warfare model. that's something that if administration has been accused of. did they make a mistake here? >> well, i'm going to agree it is a criminal justice model and not a terrorist enemy combatant model. that's clearly true. >> why is it true? >> it's true because he was charged under a criminal complaint today. he was brought before a magistrate. they followed standard operating procedure, every appearance to a criminal complaint t. magistrate always, always informs the defendant that he has a right to a lawyer, tha
to their rooms. we want to stabilize the situation. >> reporter: president obama was notified in minutes and while he was not ready to use the word "terrorist" he made this vow. >> we will find out who did this and why they did this. any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice. make no mistake. we will get to the bottom of this. >> reporter: but new york congressman peter king is willing to point fingers. >> it has all the earmarks of an al qaeda attack. it reminds me of what happened in times square in 2010. it could end up being someone else but it has all the indicators of being an al qaeda or al qaeda affiliated attack. >> reporter: for rebecca roach and all the runners who ran with full hearts and their loved ones who cheered them on it's so incomprehensible and so wrong. >> why? i don't understand. i can't find reason in it. >> reporter: so it was a day of heart break here in hostage and of heroism. bruce mendelson who is an army veteran was on the scene and responded. you were right at the finish line? >> i was in a post-race party at 6
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. president obama going back to his days of harvard. his personal experiences in the city. feeling that a part of him is hurting because of what happened to this city i think is an incredibly important part of the message. >> and in many ways the speech sort of starts like a marathon. it's slow and quiet because there's a long engineerny, you can sense in the middle of the speech and towards the end, the adrenaline of the president, just like the adrenaline of the rubber ki runner kicking in. going up the one last hill. looking toward the finish line with those helping you get there. >> the stories i'll never forget, is the guy who loses two legs, someone comes along. a military veteran with recent service overseas in a war zone. runs up, pulls his shirt off and ties tourniquets around his leg. he managed to make the difference that day. the two kids standing next to each other both lost their legs and here's the president, talking about that very question, will they be able to walk again and he says you'll be able to run again. let's watch. >> so many wounded. some gravely. from their beds, s
in the form of letters sent to president obama and a u.s. senator. each tested positive for ricin, a third letter stoent a judent in mississippi is being retested. paul kevin curtis is in jail in mississippi. he vehemently denies the allegations. he is not aware of any illness as a result of the letters. after the boston bombing, some say work on an immigration bill should be delayed. republican senator, dan coats, of indiana, says that congress should wait until the emotional reaction to the bombing subsides before debating immigration. the two brothers came to the u.s. legally from the russian caucasus region. the younger brother immigrated with his parents in 2002. the older brother came later. the younger brother became a u.s. citizen last year. >>> for the boy scouts of america, gay scouts might soon be allowed to join but not gay scout leaders. that's the proposal from the scout's executive committee. a final proposal is expected to be presented to the boy scouts voting members at their meeting in dallas in may. let's go back to boston now. don? >> thank you, victor. we'll check back
that the blind sheik whose picture is up on the screen now is -- might be freed by the obama administration and that the president morrisey in egypt wanted him back. and that seemed to infuriate you some what and you wrote an article will obama free the blind sheik. now, if you think about this, in this case if the death penalty is not sought are you concerned that some president down the road could just ignore the issue of a life sentence imposed by a federal judge and just send the terrorists off somewhere? >> on this guy. tsarnaev? >> judge jeanine: right. >> i'm not concerned about that. the sheik is a highly symbolic figure among muslims. he was and still is widely respected as a muslim scholar. and regarded as an authority. he is a big deal. this guy is a mutt. >> judge jeanine: so you are not worried about that? >> no. >> judge jeanine: and finally the death penalty if he is charged with the crimes that he clearly can be he is eligible for the death penalty. >> absolutely. >> judge jeanine: do you think that this justice department will seek it? >> i sure hope so. he is a poster chil
and if he might be relevant. >> reporter: president obama vowed to find those responsible for the bombings. >> any responsible individuals or groups will feel the full weight of justice. >> reporter: white house officials say they are treating the bombings as an act of terrorism. in boston, susan mcguinness, wjz eyewitness news. >> the explosions happened four hours after the race started. the elite runners were finished but others were still on the course. >> the runners included wbz reporter paul burton, wbz our sister station in boston. here is his account of what happened. >> reporter: 50 yards from the explosion saw both of them go off. smoke and glass everywhere. we did not know what it was at first. we thought it sounded like a canon going off. we thought it was strange because we never heard cannons go off at any time during this race. so, we didn't know what to do. we kept on running. then when the second explosion happened we were stopped dead in our tracks. that's when everyone started running in the opposite direction toward us. we are 50 yards from the finish line trying to f
, the president has visited communities who are suffering. i would not be surprised if we saw president obama take a trip to boston in the coming days. >> thank you very much of before we go to break, i want to reiterate is breaking news from pete williams, that it fathers bombs were explosives made of pressure cookers placed at the scene. likely in backpacks. the explosive charge, according to the information, could propel shrapnel and fragments of that pressure cooker itself at speeds of 3,300 feet per second. that's more than three times the speed of a .9 millimeter round fired from a gun. so we're getting more information on the actual material used to create that explosives and how they may have gone undetected by so many people if they were hidden in, as believed right now, backpacks. that is the latest information regarding the details of the explosives used. security now being ramped up at sporting events in los angeles, oklahoma, even london and germany. back to boston. tonight's celtics game has been canceled. up next, more on the complexity of securing large events that so many of us at
as possible. president obama will travel here to boston on thursday for a religious interface service, dedicated to the three people killed in the attack and the more than 180 people injured. we now know the name of another of the three people who died, her name krystle campbell, 29 years old. her mother spoke out a little while ago in tears, saying she and her family are heart broken. we also just learned that the third person who died was a boston university graduate student. investigators here in boston say their hunt for a terrorist -- for a suspect in these terror bombings is still preliminary, and this case, they say, is wide open. >> among items partially recovered are pieces of black nylon, which could be from a backpack, and what appeared to be fragments of bbs, and nails, possibly contained in a pressure cooker device. in addition, this morning, it was determined that both of the explosives were placed in a dark colored nylon bag or backpack. the bag would have been heavy because of the components believed to be in it. >> let's bring in our chief national correspondent john
. >>> president obama made it clear today the bombings in boston are being investigated as an act of terrorism and the fbi was just as clear asking the public for help. joining me now also cnn national security analyst fran townsend, and tom fuentes. first of all, julia, what do you make of these photos the local affiliate had that show what looks like some sort of a from today, which is something that was wrapped in black and was delivered by a bag. and that sort of was the first hint they think the guy was here, the perpetrators were on-site and they dropped something. all of this seems consistent. on the other hand, it's too hard to tell, at least, from the two different slides we saw if, in fact, it was something behind the spectators and that piece sort of blew up with it. but that's the kind of information they need. what we're hearing is they have photos of say, here, and photos of here, but they don't have is right in the middle. do they have a picture of a guy dropping something or several people dropping something. that's why they're asking the public for the information and the medi
letters are being tested. they're targeting senators, and we have learned president obama as well. we should calling there's always the possibility of fats positives in the initial screening machines. joining me -- pete, first to you, what are we learning about these letters and the possibility of ricin? >> the possibility is the word, andrea. sent from a single person in mississippi, authorities believe they know who has done this. they've questioned that -- and they're waiting to see what the results are on them. ricin is made from castor beans. we've seen this happen in the past, someone will grind up castor beans, put them in an envelope, and that will trip the indicators that are looking for ricin, sort of like the difference between opium and poppies. they come from the same thing, but they're not the same thing. so they have these preliminary tests that -- for the last decade, no mail goes directly to the white house or lots of other government buildings. they have these -- they can't know for certainly until it's cultured, then they'll examine it. there may be more than these
and uplifting interfaith service this morning with president obama and the first lady. the area of the crime scene just down the street from where we're standing is shrinking. they're methodically shrinking and collapsing this crime scene. it was around 15 blocks around the two blast sites. it's now down to around blocks, collapsing in further. in fact one of the churches in that area actually got to open up this evening for the first time since the blasts on monday. an enormously busy news day here in boston. people here are certainly paying attention. >> sean: you're right, one of the things i was thinking about, as this was going on, the basic things they would normally give out. you're saying this was a conscious decision by the fbi, they don't want to put any ideas -- >> well, i think so. >> sean: -- height, weight, etc.? >> right. i just thought that was just telling to me, that they want to place -- possibly didn't want to place any other thoughts in the millions of people that are seeing this, just take a look at this. leave your mind open, because the images are fairly clear. you're
in serious condition. later this very hour, president obama and the city of boston as well as this nation will mark a moment of silence at 2:50 eastern time. the exact moment the first bomb exploded. bells will ring afterward. massachusetts governor deval patrick and thomas menino will be on hand of the neighborhood of 8-year-old vimd martin richard. also today the first funeral was held for the bombing victims. the capacity crowd mourned. krystle campbell, the 29-year-old at the finish line clearing on a friend. and later this evening, boston university will hold a memorial service for lu lingzi, the 23-year-old graduate, the student from china also killed in the blast. meanwhile as crews clean up the crime scene today, new questions about how the fbi interrogated tamerlan tsarnaev before the attacks. >> why didn't the fbi follow up on that? you combine the first interrogation, the first examination plus the subsequent act. when somebody is brought to your attention, you investigate and find nothing and then he carries out murders, you wonder, didn't you miss something in the investigati
to the department of defense for the obama administration. jay, good to see you again, thank you very much for being with us. you have been involved in so many of these issues. we wanted to talk to you, about your take-away about enemy combatant. judicial decisions in a number of cases can you clarify how long can this exception from your wisdom last. is it the point the arrest. or the point of communication? >> well first of all, it's important to remember that any time dangerous criminal, suspect, is arrested for terrorist acts, our first impulse when that suspect is from a foreign land or is of a certain religion, should not be a reach for the military. the military is not the only answer here. and i warned about that in office, the possibility of over militarization of our common terrorism efforts, it's a whole government effort. second, the notion of designating the suspect as an enemy combatant, i'm not even sure is legal. in this situation. to be part of the enemy force in the congressionally authorized armed conflict from 2001, the suspect would need to be either part of al qaeda or an assoc
. >> sure, absolutely. >> one of the things that this administration did early on, and the obama administrations continued a lot of the national security policies in the bush administration, to be clear. but they did establish this high value interrogation target group where we've got high value interrogation subjects, and they have a team that they keep very secret and under wraps that they sort of fly in to do, conduct the most important interrogations. and we have been told that they will be leading the interrogation of the boston suspect. how will that team approach interrogating this young man? >> i think they will do it like any fbi agent or any law enforcement individual will do it. these individuals are trained to collect intelligence from detainees. but also on the same time now we have a suspect who already was read his miranda rights. he already have a lawyer present. and i don't think that should affect any trained interrogator, any trained interviewer in doing their job. we have been doing this for many, many years. we did it against terrorist suspects, organized cri
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